James and Deborah Fallows In the Press

James & Deborah Fallows Interviewed by Jefferson Educational Society

Posted on April 25th, 2020 at 6:57 PM

Jefferson Educational Society  A Conversation with James and Deborah Fallows

On April 21, 2020, the Jefferson Educational Society of Erie, PA livestreamed a conversation between Jefferson Vice President, Ben Speggen, and writers James and Deborah Fallows. See the recording here

Quoted by The Brookings Institution

Posted on April 13th, 2020 at 10:18 PM

The Brookings Institute  Will COVID-19 Rebalance America's Uneven Economic Geography?

In their April 13, 2020 column, The Brookings Institution's  and 

Quoted in The Washington Times

Posted on April 12th, 2020 at 1:52 PM

The Washington Times  Coronavirus outbreak may be last straw for small-town weekly newspapers

The Washington Times' Christopher Vondracek quoted Jim Fallows in his April 7, 2020 article on the effects on local journalism of the Coronavirus pandemic. "Right at this moment, they [newspapers] should be thought of as restaurants and theaters that are forced to close that have been forced to go dark. There has just been an immediate ripple effect [during covid-19] on local journalism."

Read the article here.

Featured on A Bookish Type

Posted on April 5th, 2020 at 9:30 PM

A Bookish Type  

This week on the bookish internet

'This week on the bookish internet' featured Deborah Fallows's report on how libraries around the country are helping their communities during the Coronavirus pandemic in the April 4, 2020 edition.

Read the entire article here.


Featured on Vox

Posted on April 5th, 2020 at 2:03 PM

Vox  Meet the woman who invented the Moomins

In Vox's April 4, 2020 weekly book link roundup, Constance Grady features Deborah Fallows's compilation of things public libraries are doing to help during the pandemic. 

Read the entire article here.


Featured in ArtsJOURNAL

Posted on April 4th, 2020 at 11:33 PM

ArtsJournal  ArtsJournal, Libraries as 'Second Responders in the COVID Crises

The ArtsJOURNAL quoted Deborah Fallows in their April 2, 2020 entry. "When libraries closed their doors abruptly, they immediately opened their digital communications, collaborations, and creative activity to reach their public in ways as novel as the virus that forced them into it," Fallows reported in a recent post in The Atlantic.

Read the post here.

Referenced in

Posted on March 30th, 2020 at 2:07 PM  Fallows mulls effect of COVIS-19 on Erie's prospects

In his March 20, 2020 column, Kevin Cuneo references Jim Fallows' recent post on the effect COVID-19 is having on Erie, particularly downtown. He quotes Jim, "The recovery will depend upon the kind of bottom-up responses and collaborative action that is the hallmark of Erie. In our view, this crisis is too complex and multi-dimensional to be left to policymakers sitting in our remote national capitol. Rather, local networks of public, business, civic, university, and other leaders need to band together now to prepare their communities for what comes next.” 

Read the article here.

Referenced in Tullahoma News

Posted on March 28th, 2020 at 11:35 PM

Tullahoma News  Tullahoma News, Better Together, Even When we are Apart

In her March 28, 2020 editorial, Shelley Smith references Our Towns as the inspiration behind the title of her column. "The Fallows visited countless smaller cities and towns where things were by no means perfect, yet where 'a new America is being built- one that is innovative, compromise-minded, optimistic, and working toward practical solutions to the problems of this age,' ” she reports. Smith is proposing a "Community Collaborative" to bring the counties and cities in the area together to partner on innovative methods to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger and more united.

Read the editorial here.


2020 Politics War Room with James Carville and Al Hunt

Posted on March 27th, 2020 at 9:52 PM

2020 Politics Warm Room with James Carville and Al Hunt   

In their March 26, 2020 podcast, James Carville and Al Hunt talk with Deborah and James Fallows to examine the  pandemic's effect on small towns in America.

Listen to the podcast here.

Referenced in Erie Reader

Posted on March 25th, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Erie Reader  Why Erie's Downtown is a Proxy for the Nation

In a March 25, 2020 article in the Erie ReaderBruce Katz and Ben Speggen reference Our Towns and the Fallowses' reporting on Erie's downtown renaissance. The authors posit that all of Erie's progress over the past decade could be wiped out if appropriate action isn't taken to help small businesses weather the unprecedented storm created by COVID-19.

Read the entire article here.